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Police Officer

Watkinsville Police Department

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    • JOB SUMMARY This position is responsible for the enforcement offederal, state, and local laws and the protectionof lifeand property.

    • MAJOR DUTIES Patrols the city to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations.•Responds to calls for service, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lostor missing persons searches, public service duties,stranded motorists, and others.•Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including interviewingvictims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing crime scenes.•Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including fugitives; subpoenas witnesses.•Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers asnecessary.•Assists motorists.•Provides traffic direction as needed for events such as parades, funerals, events, and school crossings.•Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary.•Completes all required reports and forms, includingaccident and incident reports.•Inspects and maintains assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.•Performs related duties.

    • KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, search and seizure laws, townordinances, and department policies and procedures.

    • POLICE OFFICER  Knowledge of traffic accident investigation techniques and procedures.•Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city.•Knowledge of the court system and judicial procedures.•Skill in the use of a computer.•Skill in operating police vehicles, firearms, and emergency equipment.•Skill in operating radios and communications equipment.•Skill in operating radar equipment.•Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.•Skill in oral and written communication.
    • SUPERVISORY CONTROLS The Police Sergeant assigns work in terms of general instructions. Work is reviewed for compliance withinstructions and established procedures, accuracy,and the nature and propriety of the final results.
    • GUIDELINES Guidelines include state and federal laws, trafficlaws, city ordinances, training manuals, and departmentpolicies and procedures. These guidelines requirejudgment, selection, and interpretation in application.
    • COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK The work consists of varied law enforcement duties.The varied nature of calls and the potential foremergencies contribute to the complexity of the work.•The purpose of this position is to protect life andproperty and enforce federal, state, and local laws.Successful performance contributes to the detectionand deterrence of crime and to the protection oflife and property.
    • CONTACTS Contacts are typically with co-workers, other cityemployees, other emergency service providers, courtsystem personnel, attorneys, judges, medical personnel, law enforcement officers from other agencies,and the general public.•Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, provide services, interview persons, andresolve problems.
    • PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching orstooping. The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a highdegree of dexterity, distinguish between shades ofcolor, and use the physical force necessary to arrestand restrain persons.•The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors. The employee may be exposed toinclement weather, infectious diseases, and life-threatening situations. The work requires the use ofspecialized law enforcement equipment.
    • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training inthe field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia forthetype of vehicle or equipment operated.•Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Councilfor the State of Georgia

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